Alavattam is a circular, ceremonial fan used during elephant processions in Kerala
. The fan is decorated with concentric rings of peacock feathers radiating towards the edge. It forms the third row of the ritual display on the back of the elephant. It is raised at intervals with the beat of Panchavadyam
and serves to highlight the airy, white Venchamaram
The Thrissur Pooram is perhaps the best occasion to watch an alavattam display.